Can I Make a Super Cool "Galaxy Rainbow Lollipop" & Hard Candy from Scratch?
I saw this Galaxy Rainbow Lollipop on this So Yummy YouTube video on rainbow desserts and it looked so cool that I had to try it!
[Side note on the history of the color spectrum (ROY G BIV): Sir Isaac Newton just decided to add orange and indigo -- so there would be 7 colors, instead of 5, just because he liked the number 7 and thought it had "mystical properties".
Back to the candy, there are 3 parts to it: 2 halves (hemispheres) and central disc.
2 Halves (Hemispheres)
- One is crushed up Jolly Ranchers that you melt & they harden again like a stained glass.
- The other half is clear hard candy you make with corn syrup, sugar and water and add in some star sprinkles.
- Also crushed up Jolly Ranchers that you melt & they harden again like stained glass.
Monday, November 2, 2019, Attempt #1:
Crushing the Jolly Ranchers
The first step in the video is that you crush the Jolly Ranchers into smaller pieces. In the video, they just show a little hammer and then the Jolly Ranchers are magically crushed.
You use blue, green and red jolly ranchers for this -- I used watermelon for this and kept the cherry ones because those are my favorite flavor.
I took a hammer out of the little household handyman kit I have, but have never used :)
Just hammering the Jolly Ranchers on the counter did not work well. The Jolly Ranchers did not seem to break and moved around a lot.
Then, I tried to step on them with high-heeled boots (haha :) ), thinking that the pressure, the force per area of my body weight over the small boot heel area, would do the trick. I put the Jolly Ranchers in a Ziplock bag and tried to step on them. This didn't work well either. Haha. :) It was kind of fun though, maybe like stomping on the grapes when you make wine.
What I recommend: Next, I tried to hammer the Jolly Ranchers in the Ziplock bag -- this worked well! It's kind of fun to smash the Jolly Ranchers.
I placed chunks of different colors of Jolly Ranchers into this silicone mold I got that was disc shaped.
I put it in an oven at 275 degrees for 6-8 minutes. It is liquid when it comes out and then hardens when it sits at room temp. Pretty psychdelic and cool , huh?
So far, so good. :)
Clear Hemisphere with Silver Star Sprinkles
Next, I boiled 1 cup of corn syrup, 1 cup of sugar and 1/3 cup of water.
Essentially, you are making hard candy from scratch.
You are supposed to boil it until it is 300 degrees. I don't have a thermometer.
I just boiled it until it bubbled & looked like the video.
I poured it into this silicone mold of hemispheres I got & added some silver star sprinkles.
I placed the Jolly Rancher discs on top as in the video and waited for it to set at room temperature. Then, both should just pop out.
RESULT: EPIC Failure! :)
We are good at this? The first part with the Jolly Ranchers went so well that I was sure I was going to figure out the hard candy part.
I was not even able to try the 3rd part (make the Jolly Rancher hemisphere) or put the pieces all together into a sphere lollipop because the clear hard candy hemisphere didn't form.
After 15 or 30 minutes or more, I checked on them and they were not solid: still gooey liquid.
I Googled it to see how this should work and I think hard candy should definitely set by 30 min. or so at room temp and you are not supposed to put it in the fridge or freezer.
I decided to see what would happen if I left it at room temp overnight. No luck: still gooey liquid. :)
The next day, I also tried to put it in the freezer even though you are not supposed to because this batch was messed up anyways.
Putting them in the freezer made kind of an icy semi-solid gooey mess.
Also, some that I had poured in a cup to throw in the trash (& not the sink because I thought it might clog up the sink) was still gooey liquid 6 days later. Haha. :)
Adjustment for Next Attempt:
I may get a thermometer, but for my next attempt, I think I will just try to overcook the clear liquid mixture and let more liquid evaporate out of it then I did this time. The websites I saw say this impacts the taste of your hard candy, but I don't really care. I just want it to set and form the galaxy rainbow lollipop.
Stay tuned for my next attempt! I will update this post below the Life Savers experiment with my next attempt.
Bonus: Life Savers Experiment
This recipe for galaxy rainbow lollipops called for Jolly Ranchers. I also had some Life Savers around, so I decided to see how they melt & harden up. I did the same procedures as for the Jolly ranchers to form the discs.
There are 5 pics total.
They turned out the same as the Jolly Ranchers pretty much.
The melted Life Savers really look like stained glass, don't they?
I think they would look good for the windows in a gingerbread house or something like that. I will try to put them in as windows when I make a gingerbread house for the holidays.